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A Little Conviction

Posted on 28 November 2013

Venue : The Canvas

Facebook : Electric Minds Project

Listing : FB event page

Twitter : @electricminds

Hashtag : #alittleconvictionemp

Electric Minds Project takes on the story of boy meets girl (and gets engagement ring) with A Little Conviction, Jody Lancaster’s newest comedy about the war of the sexes and the great eternal mystery of what women want from men. The play features Ostella Adam, Karynn Tan, Alvin Looi and Tan Meng Kheng, and is directed by Alex Chua. Audience members can immerse themselves in the play, as there will be no audience seating — the performance will happen around you, and you get to choose who or what you want to watch.* Evening shows: 27–30 Nov , 8.30pm (RM38 full price, RM33 Adults under 30, RM23 concessions) Matinee shows: 30 Nov – 1 Dec, 3.30pm (RM23 flat rate) Ticket deals: Buy 4 Get…

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#TEDxKLwomen

Posted on 28 November 2013

Facebook : TEDxKLWomen

Kakiseni : Buy Tickets

A celebration of the art of entrepreneurship, innovation and invention in all its forms, TEDxKLwomen makes its annual return to the stage with this year’s theme “Money — Invented Here”. The conference aims to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences, and will feature a list of guest entrepreneurs who will speak on turning new ideas and innovations into financial success. Speakers include Tintoy Chua and Take Huat of the popular Peperangan Bintang (Star Wars in Wayang Kulit); notorious comedian Joanne Kam; founder of all-female Queen’s Hostel Rachel Koay; food stylist Samantha Lee; The Apprentice UK contestant and social entrepreneur Melody Hossaini; luxury headband designers from Sereni & Shentel; and successful founder of tech startups Cheryl Yeoh. For more information, visit TEDxKLWomen FB, and purchase tix…

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Year-End Dances

Posted on 28 November 2013

2014 is just around the corner, and here are the dance productions you should be watching before the year ends: 6th Nyoba Kan International Butoh Festival 29th–30th November, 830PM |Black Box @ DPAC Nyoba Kan has been actively promoting and performing the unique Malaysian take on the Butoh dance, which originated in Japan, for years now. If you haven’t caught any of their performances, the Butoh Festival is your best bet. There will be a performance of The Thousand Hands Arhat (which was also staged in Urbanscapes over the weekend) by Nyoba Kan, and Unspelled by Yuko Kaseki, a Japanese Butoh dancer currently based in Berlin. More details → The Island by Kwang Tung Dance Company 29th & 30th Nov, 3PM (Saturday only) and 8.30PM…

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Something I Wrote

Posted on 27 November 2013

Event listing : on Kakiseni.com

Event listing : on Facebook

Azmyl Yunor : Official website

Five Arts Centre : Official website

Photos : Something I Wrote Photo Album

Azmyl Yunor : Facebook Page

Azmyl Yunor is my current frontrunner for the quintissential urban-Malaysian multihyphenate. The multihyphenate is commonly found in cities like ours where there is a demand for sophisticated or globalised ideas, art and other consumables, but still not big enough to sustain all of the talent. Put another way, the brain drain is so pervasive that the outstanding talents who do stick around have lots of room to stretch and work. Specialisation as an artist in KL is often both unnecessary and unfeasible — smaller fish means you don’t have to fight so hard for that one job, and at the same time there won’t be enough work if you only do one thing. Azmyl is a true many-hat-wearer as he’s achieved distinction in many…

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The Island by Kwang Tung Dance Company

Posted on 26 November 2013

A deserted island may bring excitement, or it may bring danger. It may be all about sunny white sand beaches, or perhaps, something else could be lurking in the shadows. Only those who go ashore will find out.

This time round, Kwang Tung Dance Company (KTDC) invites three choreographers — Amy Len, Loh Kok Man and Jack Kek, to jointly explore the possibilities that such an island can offer. They will draw inspiration from their years of experience in dance, in theatre, and in life, to create three unique and brand new pieces of work.

Date & Time: 29 November 2013 (Friday), 8.30pm | 30 November 2013 (Saturday), 3.00pm & 8.30pm

Venue: Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC)
Entry by donation: RM48 (Adult) | RM38 (Students, disabled and senior citizens)

Ticketing & other Enquiries: 03-4065 0001 / 03-4065 0002 (DPAC Box office) | 017-682 1006 (Pui May) | 017-500 6747 (Pui Yi)

To find out more, click here.

Moon Bar Sunday Jazz Jams

Posted on 3 October 2013

Moon Bar : Facebook Page

Porcélene : Facebook Page

Alexis : Official website

KL Intl Jazz Fest : Official website

What is jazz music? Ahh, if you could only hear the sounds in my head right now. “Improvised music with a lot of soul. Just play them blues, dude. Hey, that really swings! Play ‘out’ then come back right in…” That wouldn’t make sense to a lot of people. So, I looked it up online, hoping to find the perfect explanation of jazz music. Wikipedia’s article was too technical and difficult to understand, even for a supposed jazz enthusiast like me. This is my simplification: jazz was basically popular dance music back in the 40s and 50s, and a highly technical music genre where everything is improvised. How good the improvisation is depends on how technical and musical each musician gets. It is very…

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Joseph, the Tailor-Made Man

Posted on 27 September 2013

Touted as the most elaborate production to ever be staged in PJ Live Arts, The Tailor-Made Man retold the epic story of Old Testament Joseph, set in a stempunk Canaan/Egypt. In this adaptation, Joseph is an enthusiastic, exasperating young man — and like the bible version, he endures a trial of faith, interprets dreams, and learns that it takes patience to be part of God’s plans. Joseph has some serious business chutzpah, and when Joseph’s petty older brothers learn he stands to inherit the family business, they have him kidnapped and sold into slavery. Mr Potiphar purchases Joseph at a slave market, and catches him doing the accounts on the sly. Joseph is then promoted, profits grow, and things go well! Then Joseph spurns…

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KakiTeater: Talking with Jason

Posted on 26 July 2013

Venue : PJ Live Arts, Jaya One

Date : 26–28 July 2013

YouTube : actspressions

Event : Kakiseni Listing

Tickets : RM30/RM50 (Purchase online)

Facebook : Actspressions

Theatre-goers will get a show full of dreams and steampunk this weekend! The Tailor-Made Man opens this Friday and promises to deliver the most elaborate production in PJLA yet. We talk with the director of The Tailor-Made Man, Jason Ding, about the upcoming play: Tell our readers a little bit more about The Tailor-Made Man. The Tailor-Made Man is a story of a dreamer, Joseph, and his journey from his father’s house to the unlikeliest of places. He meets different, interesting characters along the way; and goes through some nightmares before eventually seeing his dreams come true.

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5 Books To Read for George Town Literary Festival

Posted on 11 July 2013

Date : 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2013

At the end of 2013, the annual George Town Literary Festival will come about. The theme of this year’s festival is The Ties that Bind, which will look at how writers deal with writing and hope, love, land, loss, memory and history. In this list, we are not here to tell you which books are the best. However, to best engage with the authors who will be a part of the festival, you do need to know what their work is about. Here’s a list of five books for your  GTLF bucket list: Stranger in the Forest by Eric Hansen “At once a modern classic of travel literature and a gripping adventure story, Stranger in the Forest provides a rare and intimate look at…

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Peperangan terakhir baru sahaja bermula

Posted on 20 June 2013

Date : 23–26 Mei 2013

Venue : Morne Art Gallery

Revolution Stage mengulangi kemenangan kreatif mereka dengan naskhah terbaru, Perang Terakhir. Formula elemen luaran yang sama seperti naskhah-naskhah mereka yang baru lepas digunakan lagi kali ini: dinding/papan untuk meninggalkan komen, prop dengan gambar-gambar berkaitan dengan naskhah yang dipentaskan dan meja menjual merchandise buku dan DVD semua ada, juga di pentas Morne Art Gallery. Sudah terasa seperti ini ialah rumah Revolution Stage; sampai makanan pun dah mula dijual kepada penonton-penonton yang hadir. Inilah antara sebab saya menyukai RS, kerana mereka peka akan kehendak penonton, dan pandai mencari jalan untuk mencari untung. Berbalik kepada naskhahnya. Perang Terakhir mengisahkan Omar dan anak dewasanya Rahimah pada zaman perang besar yang difahamkan sedang meletus di serata dunia. Omar digambarkan sebagai seorang yang takut menghadapi realiti dunia luar, sering berjaga…

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